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Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Braigo: The Braille Printer Made of LEGO
Shubham Banerjee, a 7th grade student from California has made a braille printer from a LEGO Mindstorms kit. If that is not enough, it is a great innovation in that other braille printers can cost $2000 for a basic version and a LEGO Mindstorms kit costs $350. In a world with a large portion of people with seeing impairment being from developing countries, this innovation may open the doors to educating vision-impaired people from those areas. Not only that but if these kits are donated, the communities may also benefit by providing children experience in programming and innovation. It wins on so many levels. While the development is only in the early stages, with only the english alphabet being programmed, Shubham is carrying on his great work expanding into programming numbers into the system. He has also made available to everyone his plans and programming in a gesture of great goodwill. It just goes to show how great LEGO and young minds mix. They can change the world.